Football is defeated by Chicago 7–21 in final game of the season

The Carnegie Mellon football team traveled to the Windy City last Saturday for their season closer against University Athletic Association (UAA) rival, University of Chicago. The Tartans fell to the Maroons with a score of 7–21, putting their season record at 5–5 and their UAA record at 1–2.

It was a scoreless first quarter, and Chicago tallied the first score of the game at the beginning of the second quarter. Chicago quarterback Marshall Olium connected with Dee Brizzolara for 28 yards and the touchdown. The extra point was good, putting the score at 0–7 with 14:11 left in the first half. The rest of the quarter was an equal battle and neither team scored.

Despite the scoreless first half for the Tartans, they were not deterred and remained positive, as senior wide receiver Brendan Howe explained, “Our defense did a great job holding them to only seven points in the first half; unfortunately our offense couldn’t get anything going. Coming out after halftime, we knew we were still in the game and just had to do a better job protecting our quarterback and getting our running game moving.”

Coming out of the halftime break, the Maroons had a quick score, again with Olium finding Brizzolara — this time on a pass for 42 yards. With 8:20 left in the third quarter, Carnegie Mellon began to pick up momentum as the Cardinal and Gray made a 7-yard drive before pushing Chicago to a drive of -1 yard.

Senior running back Andrew Lovrovich made several plays on the offensive end to spark the Tartans, until senior quarterback Phil Pantalone was sacked with 3:35 left in the quarter. Chicago picked up a quick seven points by the end of the third, making the score 0–21.

The Tartans came out strong for the final quarter. Capitalizing on a penalty called on Chicago for pass interference, sophomore running back Chris Garcia and junior fullback Justin Pratt rushed for 8 and 3 yards, respectively, to pick up the first down. On the next play, Pantalone found Howe for 19 yards and the touchdown. Junior kicker Elliot Carnevale’s attempt was solid and the Tartans were on the board, 7–21. Carnegie Mellon’s defense was able to stop Chicago from scoring for the rest of the game, but the Tartans’ offense could not make any gains either, even with a 38-yard drive.

Despite the loss to conclude the season, the Tartans are happy with how it developed.

“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs throughout this season. When we play at our best we can match up toe to toe with anyone, but at times we hurt ourselves and come up short. I’m very satisfied with our season; we had a young team to start the year and I think we proved ourselves week in and week out,” Howe said.

Howe is also Carnegie Mellon’s single-season leader in receptions, tallying six for the game and ending the season with 50 receptions.

The Tartans have finished competition for the year, and will begin to prepare for the next season.